Posts Tagged ‘play set’

Learning Resources Puts It On the Barbie

Friday, April 11th, 2014


Grill It! My Very Own Barbeque Set, from Learning ResourcesNew Sprouts line, gives kids ages 2 and up everything they need to host their very own backyard (or playroom) barbeque. The 22-piece set includes tongs, two ears of corn, two bundles of asparagus, a piece of grilled chicken, a grilled steak, a round grill, a tray, and fixings for two burgers. All of the food pieces are made from soft, durable material that feels great and is sized for little ones’ hands. I like that all the food pieces fit in the bottom of the grill nicely, which is great for keeping kids’ toys neat and organized. I would like to see the grill grate snap on to keep everything secure, but it’s still a good storage design. Kids love to role-play, and I think this is a great play set for kids this time of year in particular. While dad’s grilling up some burgers and dogs, kids can too—without running the risk of burns, spilled food, or messes. The Grill It! set also encourages fine motor skills, hand/eye coordination, and social skills.


Mattel’s Monster High Secret Creepers Are Scarily Cute

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

MonsterHigh.SecretCreepersMonster High Secret Creepers, from Mattel, are the adorable pets of everyone’s favorite Monster High ghouls. Each ghoul’s pet matches their look and personality, such as Abbey Bominable’s wooly mammoth Shiver, Ghoulia Yelp’s owl Sir Hoots A Lot, or Frankie Stein’s stitched-up pup Watzit. Each pet—just like with the ghouls—is unique and cleverly named, making them adorable additions to the Monster High world.

But these creepy cuddly friends do more than just provide companionship—they keep your secrets. Each pet has its own secret-keeping feature. Girls can press down on the brains of their creeper and record a secret. The pet can repeat the secret back, or be locked so that the pet only makes animal sounds so the secret is safe. Secrets can be shared between Secret Creepers by touching their paws together. And of course, since the ghouls of Monster High are also such fierce fashionistas, their pets’ leashes double as a cool bracelet for kids ages 6 and up.

Count Fabulous (pet bat of Draculaura) and Neptuna (Lagoona Blue’s piranha) figures come with one invisible ink pen and paper that has a “reveal” feature, so thought can only be exposed when it’s safe. Captain Penny (Robecca Steam’s penguin), Azura (Nefera de Nile’s scarab beetle), and Hissette (Cleo de Nile’s cute cobra) each come with a basic pen and paper that can be used along with their secret-keeping features and note-passing features.

MonsterHigh.SecretCreepersCryptHidden deep in the catacombs of Monster High is the Secret Creepers Crypt, where the pets can hang out while the ghouls are in school. The Monster High Secret Creepers Crypt play set has plenty of places for girls ages 6 and up to stash their secrets as well as hiding spots, and a few open seats, for all of the Secret Creepers Critters and Pets. Clawdeen’s cat Crescent recognizes movement and guards the crypt with sounds such as growls, and kids can place her anywhere in the set to protect the secrets. The play set includes a doghouse that can lock, industrial pipes and tanks, and web-inspired seating. A coffin-like chaise also provides additional seating and contains a secret storage drawer.